Judge Jesse Reyes running for IL Supreme Court
May 3, 2019

Illinois First District Appellate Court Judge Jesse Reyes has announced he will run in the Democratic primary for a seat on the Illinois Supreme Court.

The primary will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

“As a descendant of immigrants and a product of a blue collar family, I know of the struggles many people in the State of Illinois have to endure on a daily basis,” Reyes said. “I know what it means to have dreams, yet not know if you will ever be able to fulfill them because of your circumstances.

“I seek to serve as a justice on the Illinois Supreme Court because it is the highest calling of public service in this State,” he noted. “I can think of no better way to serve the people of this State.”

Raised and educated in the Pilsen and Bridgeport community, Reyes was the eldest of four children and the only one to attend college. In 1997, his peers elected him an associate judge on the circuit court.

In 2006, Reyes became the first Latino to lead the Illinois Judges Association. Reyes won election to the First District Appellate Court in November 2012, becoming the first Latino elected to the appellate court in Illinois.

Reyes is the founding member and current president of the Diversity Scholarship Foundation. He is also a founding member and former president of the Illinois Judges Foundation.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and his JD from John Marshall Law School, which is now part of UIC.

His website is JusticeReyes.com.